Friday, November 15, 2013
Weak statistics and lack of reproducibility
Umm...this one is disturbing.
Let's start at the title:
Weak statistical standards implicated in scientific irreproducibility
and then move to the subtitle:
One-quarter of studies that meet commonly used statistical cutoff may be false.
Ummm...already disturbing, right? It gets worse when you start to think about the 2 most common criticisms of our field: 1) A lacks of robust statistics and 2) A lack of reproducibility (you generally don't hear them in exactly this order...)
I'm actually not going to go any further. You should check out this short editorial, though, and the 2 references. This is a dialogue we're going to need to continue to have as a field through the future. Yes, I'm dreading it. Cause I don't want to be doing a lot of statistics either....
The editorial is here (and under 1 page!)